One of my favorite rituals is burning incense because it provides a luxurious sensorial experience. Each cone burns for 20 minutes, producing mesmerizing curls of aromatic smoke and a scent that lingers for hours. Incense cones are an efficient and economical way to scent a large space.
Read on for some of our tips for getting a perfect burn every time 🤌
- Use a heat-safe burner on a heat-resistant surface. We recommend a metal, concrete, or ceramic dish. If you don't have a specific incense burner, the lid of your incense tin can be used as one!
- Add a small amount of table salt or sand to the burner/dish. This increases airflow so your cone can burn all the way to the base while protecting your burner from singe marks.
- Light the tip of the cone and allow it to stay lit for 10-15 full seconds. (Like the kind where you say Mississippi in between.) Blow out with a long full breath. The tip should glow red and produce visible smoke. If it doesn’t, you can re-light and repeat. Allowing the cone to fully ignite from the start helps ensure it burns all the way.
- Let the cone stand untouched while burning. Keep away from fans and window drafts. Keep unused incense cones sealed when not in use. Best if burned within 6-8 months of purchase.
- Be sure to use an open flame, no arc lighter!
- Charcoal is cleaner burning and can purify the air in your space for up to 24hrs.
- Charcoal cones produce less intense smoke than wood incense, allowing more delicate and nuanced scent notes to shine through.
And most importantly, as Usher once said...